Analyst Flattens Those Who Tie Islamophobia to Republicans: ‘This President Is Beloved’ in the Middle East

During an interview on CNN, analyst Quanta Ahmed, a Muslim physician, countered the narrative that President Donald Trump or other Republicans are Islamophobic.

Following the horrific mosque shootings in New Zealand that claimed the lives of 50 worshipers, several were quick to tie the tragedy to President Trump as the shooter left a manifesto in which he claimed he committed the atrocious act in the name of white supremacy and mentioned President Trump by name.

Because of this, some suggested the president’s rhetoric encouraged the acts and accused him and other Republicans of spreading Islamophobia.

Ahmed, however, told a different story of how Muslims worldwide feel about Republican presidents like Trump and former President George W. Bush. During her interview on Saturday, she explained that Trump is “beloved” by many Middle Eastern Muslims for his efforts to thwart the Islamic State and protect Kurdish Muslims.

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“Viewers should know, this president and this administration is often castigated as Islamophobic, but I move in the Muslim world — in Egypt, in Oman, in Jordan, in Iraqi Kurdistan — where this president is beloved. This president and the Republican party, going back to George Bush, is very dearly held.”

Ahmed pointed to March 16 as the 31st anniversary of the Halabja Massacre in which the Iraqis under Sadam Hussein dropped chemical weapons on the Kurdish people, killing between 5,000 and 7,000. This massacre was part of the Anfal campaign which resulted in a genocide that claimed the lives of 180,000 Kurds.

“Today’s the anniversary of Halabja, the massacre of 180,000 Kurds at the hands of Sadam Hussein. That only changed because of a Republican president,” said Ahmed.

She continued, “It’s very important not to lose so much perspective that we start believing our entire government is Islamophobic. That’s not the case.”

Recently, President Trump reaffirmed his desire to protect the Kurdish people as a key part of his slow withdrawal from Syria, saying, “We want to protect the Kurds, nevertheless. We want to protect the Kurds, but I don’t want to be in Syria forever. It’s sand. And it’s death.”

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Screwtape
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Screwtape

Islamophobia is a made up term by the Left. Based on recent history they are deniers and idiots as there is nothing irrational about fearing either violence or infiltration by followers of Islam. One might ask why they do not RATIONALLY suspect a violent, militant, xenophobic religion. It’s LITERALLY in… Read more »

Screwtape
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Screwtape

full disclosure: I have Muslim relatives from Indonesia. 1. they were NOT included, nor were most Muslims, from the president’s extreme-vetting. 2. even they argue that the violence projected by extremism is bad for people and bad for Islam in general. They agree that Islam needs a “facelift” and to… Read more »

Phyllis Softa
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Phyllis Softa

How very kind of you to exempt your relatives. When the anti-Islam fanatics act upon their fears that you claim are “rationale,” do you perceive they will differentiate your relatives from other Muslims? Extremism is bad for ALL people. ALL religions, and ALL politics. Extremism is also calling for a… Read more »

Phyllis Softa
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Phyllis Softa

I am perplexed with your objection to a term being coined for your fear of Islam. What do you wish it to be termed?

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